Faith, Family, and Joy with Jared Kennedy

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host, Rush Witt, talks with Jared Kennedy about his ministry Gospel-Centered Family, his important work with The Gospel Coalition, and some of the key challenges every family faces to become disciple-makers at home. Jared shares helpful tools for your family, and what raising chickens in suburban Louisville taught him about parenting.


0:20 – Intro

1:43 – Tell us about Gospel-Centered Family and writing for The Gospel Coalition

5:00 – How did you get into family ministry?

12:09 – What are two or three central issues with which every family needs help?

20:16 – What tools have been most helpful to your family?

28:10 – What’s going on with all these chickens you raise?

31:25 – How is God working in your life now?

34:01 – Farewell

About Jared Kennedy:

Jared Kennedy serves as an editor for The Gospel Coalition and is the cofounder of Gospel-Centered Family, a ministry that helps churches and families share Jesus with the next generation. He’s the author of Keeping Your Children’s Ministry on MissionGod Made Me for Worship, The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, and the Beginner’s Gospel Story Book series. He is coauthor of Faith Builder Catechism. He’s also helped to develop two VBS programs, Proof Pirates  and Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet. He and his wife, Megan, and their three girls attend Sojourn Church Midtown.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

When Children Experience Trauma
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Angry with God Frontcover 54853
Acrostic of God Frontcover
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Straight to the Heart

Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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